Rapid City Area School District, South Dakota
|Rapid City Area School District|
|Rapid City, South Dakota|
|Superintendent:||Timothy M. Mitchell|
|Number of schools:||24|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Sheryl Kirkeby|
About the districtPennington County, South Dakota. According to the 2010 Census, Minnehaha County is home to 100,948 residents.
Pennington County outperformed in comparison to the rest of South Dakota in terms of education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 27.8 percent of Pennington County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.0 percent for South Dakota as a whole. The median household income for Pennington County was $50,253 compared to $49,091 for the state of South Dakota. The percentage of people below poverty level for Pennington County was 13.2 percent while it was 13.8 percent for the state of South Dakota.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
Timothy M. Mitchell is the superintendent of Rapid City Area School District. Mitchell has served in this role since July 2010. Prior to joining Rapid City Area Schools, Mitchell served for 13 years as the superintendent of Chamberlain School District. Mitchell earned his bachelor's degree from Yankton College and earned his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of South Dakota.
The Rapid City Area School District Board of Education is composed of seven members serving three-year terms.
|Rapid City Area Board of Education|
School board elections
Members of the Rapid City Area Board of Education are elected to three-year terms. The general election for two seats was held on June 3, 2014. Two seats were up for election in 2013, and three seats will be up for election in 2015.
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Rapid City Area School District employed 868 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year. Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses with raises at credit intervals. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and the Rapid City Education Association for 2013-2014:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
|B.A. + 15||31,484||42,192|
|B.A. + 30||32,744||46,073|
|B.A. + 45||34,053||50,313|
|MA + 15||35,415||52,325|
|MA + 30||36,832||57,139|
|MA + 45||38,305||59,424|
Schools in Rapid City Area School District
Rapid City Area School District served 13,982 students during the 2012-2013 school year. Rapid City Area School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.
Rapid City Area School District operates 24 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Rapid City Area School District|
|Black Hawk Elementary|
|Canyon Lake Elementary|
|Corral Drive Elementary|
|General Beadle Elementary|
|Horace Mann Elementary|
|Rapid City High|
|Rapid Valley Elementary|
|South Canyon Elementary|
|South Park Elementary|
|Western Dakota Technical|
South Dakota holds annual measurable objectives in reading and math. The latest available data is from the 2012-2013 school year. The percent of Rapid City Area School District students demonstrating proficiency in reading and math continued to exceed the annual proficiency goals set by the state. The district high school completion rate was 79.64 percent in 2013, and the attendance rate was 94.12 percent. All schools met the required participation rate.
|Rapid City School District Proficiency 2012-2013|
|Subject||Students Tested||% Below Basic||% Basic||% Proficient||% Advanced|
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- South Dakota Department of Education, "Rapid City Area School District," accessed April 3, 2014
- Rapid City Area School District, "2014-15 Annual Budget," accessed December 17, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Pennington County, South Dakota," accessed April 3, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- LinkedIn, "Dr. Timothy Mitchell," accessed April 3, 2014
- Rapid City Area School District, "Board of Education Members," accessed April 3, 2014
- https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://sdsos.gov/content/html/elections/electvoterpdfs/2014/ElectionCandidates.pdf South Dakota Secretary of State, "Current Candidates for Primary Election - 6/3/2014," accessed March 13, 2014]
- U.S. Census, "Public Elementary–Secondary Education Finance Data," accessed December 11, 2013
- Rapid City Area School District, "2013-2014 Salary Schedule For Nurses, Teachers, and Counselors," accessed April 3, 2014 (dead link)
- Rapid City Area School District, "Phone directory," accessed April 3, 2014
- Rapid City Area School District, "2012-2013 Report Card," accessed April 3, 2014